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Journal's round-up of the best New Year celebrations across North Devon

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

  • NUNS: Dina Cole Kirsty Wrench Hollie Harris and Debbie Lansdell in Bideford last New Year's Eve. Picture: Paula Davies. Ref: BNPD20121231C-021_C

  • HULA GIRLS: Mark Richardson, Will Mathews and Ross Craze in Barnstaple last December 31. Picture: Paula Davies. Ref: BNPD201231D-007_C

  • REVELLERS: Callum McGowan and Dean Griffin in Barnstaple, Decmber 31, 2012.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR: James Eason, Jamie-lee Stanmore, Emily Dalton and Morgan Lily out in Bideford last New Year's Eve. Picture: Paula Davies. Ref: BNPD20121231C-011_C

  • CELEBRATION: Mushy Brooks and Pixie Brooks from Bideford out on December 31, 2012. Picture: Paula Davies. Ref: BNPD20121231C-018_C

  • DRESSED UP: Heidi Edmonds as Dorothy from the Wizard Of Oz and Jen Prouse as a hippy.

  • COSTUMES: New Year's Eve fancy dress hire from Bonkers Party Shop, Barnstaple. Heidi Edmonds as a medieval wench and Jen Prouse as Cinderella . Picture: Mike Southon. Ref: BNMS20131216B-002_C

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IT'S TIME to ring the changes, sing Auld Lang Syne and make those resolutions soon to be broken. Yes folks, New Year is here again – and whether you wish to dress as Mickey Mouse, ballroom dance, emulate your fave pop star or merely enjoy some good live music in a friendly local, North Devon has a number of ways to say goodbye to 2013 and hello, nice to meet you to 2014.

Bideford:

THE festival committee has gone one better this year with the introduction of a children's party before the Disney-themed main event.

Magical Moments at the pannier market precedes the night party (4-6pm) and features party games, fancy dress competition, bouncy castles, ball pits and face painting. And for a small fee children can have photos taken with some "very special guests" in a winter wonderland-theme pic.

A lantern parade will then move from the town hall to Jubilee Square via The Quay – with the exotic sounds of Samba Baia.

"It should be a real spectacle for everyone to enjoy," said committee chairman Phil Morgan. "With the rhythm of the drums, the colour of the lights and the creativity we know is in abundance in Bideford, it should be a truly memorable event."

Admission to the pannier market is by ticket only, and limited to 300. Check the "Businesses of Bideford" Facebook page for further details.

The night-time party has a Disney/Pixar theme this year, so why not pay homage to your favourite characters by dressing up as them? Local pubs will be offering prizes and incentives for the best dressed.

As always the Radio 1 Roadshow stage is the focus for festivities, staging a horde of bands, DJs and Bideford's very own Stars In Your Eyes contest held by The Voice FM. A variety of pubs will be open to see in the New Year too, and it goes without saying that the usual firework display – following the piper's Auld Lang Syne rendition after the chimes – will light up 2014 in style.

For further information and to buy tickets, visit the Businesses of Bideford Facebook page.

Torrington:

WHEN it comes to big Torrington events, the Cavaliers usually have some involvement. New Year's Eve is certainly one of those events.

This year's shindig, in the square as always, will feature Bobbie's disco and karaoke. As people accustomed to wearing somewhat out-of-the-ordinary clothing, the Cavaliers encourage the wearing of fancy dress at all times – especially at New Year – and will be handing out party poppers to revellers in time for Big Ben's banging bongs.

The action starts at 8pm. Check the Torrington Cavaliers page on Facebook for details.

Ilfracombe:

THE Sandpiper Inn has become Ilfracombe's unofficial New Year's Eve host, and this year will be offering live music, drinks and merriment.

With a live band and DJ Graham Street providing the festive sounds, a full house will be expected.

But fear not – there's room outside for those who fancy a mosey on by to see in 2014. People tend to gather around 11.30pm.

Barnstaple:

THERE will be no DJ and music on the Square this year, but dedicated volunteers will be providing a firework display to mark the big midnight moment. For those in the mood to rock out to bring the new year in, The Old Bus Station on The Strand will be hosting bands The Fallen State, The Black Dogs and Anti Plastic Explosives, plus DJ Matt The Hat. The party starts at 8pm (until late), and entry is £3.

For those who prefer a change from the usual hullaballoo, Filleigh Village Hall's dance – with musical accompaniment – begins at 8pm. The cost is £5, with a bring and share savoury supper. Sweets will be provided.

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